Vista Murrieta Girls Basketball Moves on to Quarterfinals

With phenomenal performances put on by juniors Nasrin Ulel and Brittney Reed, the Vista Murrieta High School girls basketball team is mo...


With phenomenal performances put on by juniors Nasrin Ulel and Brittney Reed, the Vista Murrieta High School girls basketball team is moving on to the second round of the playoffs in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division.

Vista defeated visiting Keppel High 83-62 and will be at home again against Long Beach Poly on Tuesday. By winning this game, the Broncos earned an automatic berth in the state tournament.

Head coach Chris Jones called Ulel the team’s sparkplug, and used her off the bench in Wednesday night’s win to ignite the rest of the team.
"She’s a spark for us, there’s not question about that,” said Jones. “We’ve seen that time and time again … she’s a high energy player. When she gets on the court, the others seem to really kind of elevate."
Ulel lit up the scoreboard with 28 points in the Broncos’ win, 16 of them coming in the first half. She also had five 3-pointers. Reed finished with 26 points for the Broncos, 20 coming in the first half with two 3-pointers.

"[Reed] had an all-around night,” said Jones. “Her rebounds in the second quarter kind of sparked things for us, kind of got her going a little bi t… this was a good opportunity for her to just kind of break out."

Vista Murrieta, the seventh seed in the tournament, improved its record to 22-6 heading into the quarterfinal match with Long Beach Poly.

"Long Beach Poly is a very pressure-oriented team that’s going to be attacking us all-over the court, so we’re going to need to be able to handle that pressure"” said Jones.

The Broncos actually trailed by 11 points halfway through the first quarter in Wednesday’s game. After taking a timeout with just over three minutes remaining in the period, the Broncos gained momentum and went into the second quarter trailing by only five points.
"Every good team is going to make a run. It’s just up to us to stay focused and just keep going," said Reed.

Vista Murrieta tied the game at 23 early in the second period and never looked back. At halftime, the Broncos led by 16 points with the score at 50-34.

"It’s never comfortable in playoff time, because crazy things happen," said Jones.
The Broncos came out in the third quarter still on fire. With another nine points from Ulel, they went into the final period of the game with a 28-point lead. Vista Murrieta’s dominating lead and continuing energy kept them ahead throughout the final period.

"I think we played great, and it was unbelievable," said Reed. "We just have to keep focused, focus on the next game, especially Long Beach Poly. That’s going to be a big competitor."

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